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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Apr 2019 3:47 p.m. PST


"There can be few, if any, students of the military history of the Napoleonic period who are unaware of the career of the flamboyant Antoine Charles Lasalle. General Lasalle did not only epitomise the spirit of the French light cavalry officer of his time, he became truly iconic—the archetypal ‘hussar' who was brave to the point of recklessness on the battlefield and a libertine when there was no battle to fight. A soldier by the time he was just eleven years old, Lasalle rose meteorically through the ranks of the French light cavalry to become a General of Division. He fought in the early revolutionary campaigns, during the campaign in Italy—where he became a favourite of Napoleon Bonaparte, the Egyptian Campaign, during the War of the Fourth Coalition, in Spain and in the War of the Fifth Coalition at the battles of Aspern-Essling and at Wagram in 1809 where he was killed in the closing moments of the battle. This new and original Leonaur title follows Lasalle and his peers through all these campaigns and battles, and includes many of first-hand accounts and anecdotes in which Lasalle featured. Included are many illustrations and maps to support the text and this new biography will be an entertaining and essential addition to every library of the warfare of the age of Napoleon."

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Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP12 Apr 2019 4:43 p.m. PST

Great find Tango. There was no one quite like Lasalle.


Andrew Preziosi12 Apr 2019 8:32 p.m. PST

I might have to get this!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Apr 2019 12:05 p.m. PST

Happy you like it my friends!. (smile)


Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP13 Apr 2019 12:48 p.m. PST

I ordered it. I just hope it is not one of those "life and times of" books which have very little of substance on the subject. If the author does not use French sources, I have probably wasted my money.


Andrew Preziosi13 Apr 2019 2:58 p.m. PST

Garryowen…please let us know your thoughts after you get the book and have a chance to thumb through it.

Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2019 8:07 a.m. PST

Andrew, I will try to remember to do that. By the time I get it, this thread will be off the home page. I will start a new one.


Andrew Preziosi14 Apr 2019 1:19 p.m. PST


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2019 4:04 p.m. PST

Happy for you my friend!.


Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse17 Apr 2019 12:43 p.m. PST

By his own words Lasalle was a bad hussar.

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